2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets season

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2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets
Division 5th Central
Conference 15th Western
2002–03 record 29–42–8–3
Home record 20–14–5–2
Road record 9–28–3–1
Goals for 213
Goals against 263
Team information
General Manager Doug MacLean
Coach Dave King (Oct-Jan)
Doug MacLean (Jan-Apr)
Captain Ray Whitney
Arena Nationwide Arena
Average attendance 17,744
Team leaders
Goals Geoff Sanderson (34)
Assists Ray Whitney (52)
Points Ray Whitney (76)
Penalties in minutes Jody Shelley (249)
Wins Marc Denis (27)
Goals against average Marc Denis (3.09)
<2001–02 2003–04>

The 2002–03 Columbus Blue Jackets season was the Blue Jackets' third season in the NHL, as the team was coming off of a 22–47–8–5 record in the 2001–02 season, earning 57 points, finishing in last place in the Western Conference.

Regular season[edit]

The Jackets got off to a good start, having a 7–5–1–1 record in their opening 14 games, however, Columbus won only 2 of their next 12 games, and fell out of the playoff picture. The club would play mediocre hockey for the rest of the season, finishing with a 29–42–8–3 record, earning 69 points, and in last place in the Western Conference for the 2nd straight season. Midway through the season, Columbus fired head coach Dave King after a 14–20–4–2 start. King was replaced with general manager Doug MacLean, as the Blue Jackets posted a record of 15–22–4–1 record under his guidance. The 69 points was a 12-point improvement over the previous season, but the club finished 23 points behind the Edmonton Oilers for the final playoff spot in the Conference. The previous season, the Blue Jackets scored a league-low 164 goals, however, the team would beat that total by 49 goals, finishing with a club record 213 goals. Columbus though led the league in goals against, allowing 263, also a club record.

Ray Whitney led the club in points for the second straight season, earning a club record 76 points, as he scored 24 goals and 52 assists. Geoff Sanderson rebounded from an injury-plagued 2001–02 season to score a club record 34 goals, while Andrew Cassels earned 68 points in his first season in Columbus. David Vyborny had a breakout season, scoring 20 goals and 46 points. On the blueline, Jaroslav Spacek scored 9 goals and earned 45 points in his first full season with the team. Jody Shelley led the team with 249 penalty minutes, setting a franchise record.

In goal, Marc Denis got the bulk of the action, winning a club record 27 games, while posting a 3.09 GAA, and earning 5 shutouts along the way.

Season standings[edit]

Central Division
No. CR GP W L T OTL GF GA Pts
1 2 Detroit Red Wings 82 48 20 10 4 269 203 110
2 5 St. Louis Blues 82 41 24 11 6 253 222 99
3 9 Chicago Blackhawks 82 30 33 13 6 207 226 79
4 13 Nashville Predators 82 27 35 13 7 183 206 74
5 15 Columbus Blue Jackets 82 29 42 8 3 213 263 69

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Note: CR = Conference rank; GP = Games played; W = Wins; L = Losses; T = Ties; OTL = Overtime loss; GF = Goals for; GA = Goals against; Pts = Points
         Bolded teams qualified for the playoffs.


Schedule and results[edit]

# Date Visitor Score Home Record Pts
1 October 10 Chicago Blackhawks 1–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–0–0–0 2
2 October 12 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 New Jersey Devils 1–1–0–0 2
3 October 14 Phoenix Coyotes 4–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–2–0–0 2
4 October 17 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–7 St. Louis Blues 1–3–0–0 2
5 October 19 Florida Panthers 1–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3–0–0 4
6 October 23 Tampa Bay Lightning 2–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3–1–0 5
7 October 25 San Jose Sharks 5–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–4–1–0 5
8 October 27 Los Angeles Kings 1–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–4–1–0 7
9 October 29 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 Chicago Blackhawks 3–5–1–0 7
10 November 1 Dallas Stars 2–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 4–5–1–0 9
11 November 3 Buffalo Sabres 2–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–5–1–0 11
12 November 5 Washington Capitals 4–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–5–1–1 12
13 November 7 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–2 St. Louis Blues 6–5–1–1 14
14 November 9 New York Rangers 3–6 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–5–1–1 16
15 November 12 Columbus Blue Jackets 4–5 Colorado Avalanche 7–6–1–1 16
16 November 14 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 3–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–7–1–1 16
17 November 16 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–1 Nashville Predators 7–7–2–1 17
18 November 17 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 Dallas Stars 7–7–2–2 18
19 November 20 St. Louis Blues 2–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 8–7–2–2 20
20 November 22 Columbus Blue Jackets 4–5 Buffalo Sabres 8–8–2–2 20
21 November 23 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–5 Ottawa Senators 8–9–2–2 20
22 November 27 Edmonton Oilers 3–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 8–10–2–2 20
23 November 29 Columbus Blue Jackets 4–2 New York Islanders 9–10–2–2 22
24 November 30 Carolina Hurricanes 4–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 9–11–2–2 22
25 December 3 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–5 New York Rangers 9–12–2–2 22
26 December 6 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 San Jose Sharks 9–13–2–2 22
27 December 7 Columbus Blue Jackets 4–2 Los Angeles Kings 10–13–2–2 24
28 December 9 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–2 Phoenix Coyotes 10–13–3–2 25
29 December 12 New Jersey Devils 2–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 11–13–3–2 27
30 December 14 Columbus Blue Jackets 4–6 Detroit Red Wings 11–14–3–2 27
31 December 19 Calgary Flames 0–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 12–14–3–2 29
32 December 20 Columbus Blue Jackets 1–3 Chicago Blackhawks 12–15–3–2 29
33 December 23 Detroit Red Wings 1–0 Columbus Blue Jackets 12–16–3–2 29
34 December 26 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–4 Detroit Red Wings 12–17–3–2 29
35 December 28 St. Louis Blues 6–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 12–18–3–2 29
36 December 29 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–5 St. Louis Blues 12–19–3–2 29
37 December 31 Pittsburgh Penguins 2–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 13–19–3–2 31
38 January 3 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–2 Washington Capitals 13–19–4–2 32
39 January 4 Phoenix Coyotes 0–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 14–19–4–2 34
40 January 6 Nashville Predators 5–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 14–20–4–2 34
41 January 8 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–1 Minnesota Wild 15–20–4–2 36
42 January 10 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–2 Vancouver Canucks 16–20–4–2 38
43 January 11 Columbus Blue Jackets 7–2 Calgary Flames 17–20–4–2 40
44 January 13 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–8 Edmonton Oilers 17–21–4–2 40
45 January 15 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 4–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 17–22–4–2 40
46 January 18 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–7 Boston Bruins 17–23–4–2 40
47 January 20 Chicago Blackhawks 1–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 18–23–4–2 42
48 January 22 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–4 Dallas Stars 18–24–4–2 42
49 January 23 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–5 Colorado Avalanche 18–25–4–2 42
50 January 25 New York Islanders 1–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 19–25–4–2 44
51 January 28 Colorado Avalanche 2–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 19–25–5–2 45
52 January 30 Nashville Predators 1–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 20–25–5–2 47
53 February 5 Vancouver Canucks 4–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 20–25–6–2 48
54 February 8 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 Nashville Predators 20–26–6–2 48
55 February 12 San Jose Sharks 0–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 21–26–6–2 50
56 February 13 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–1 Montreal Canadiens 22–26–6–2 52
57 February 15 Chicago Blackhawks 7–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 22–27–6–2 52
58 February 18 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–5 Phoenix Coyotes 22–28–6–2 52
59 February 19 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–2 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 22–29–6–2 52
60 February 21 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–6 San Jose Sharks 22–30–6–2 52
61 February 23 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–7 Vancouver Canucks 22–31–6–2 52
62 February 25 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–5 Nashville Predators 22–32–6–2 52
63 February 27 Los Angeles Kings 1–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 23–32–6–2 54
64 March 1 Edmonton Oilers 3–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 23–32–7–2 55
65 March 3 Detroit Red Wings 3–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 23–33–7–2 55
66 March 6 Vancouver Canucks 4–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 24–33–7–2 57
67 March 8 Calgary Flames 3–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 24–33–7–3 58
68 March 10 Columbus Blue Jackets 5–6 Carolina Hurricanes 24–34–7–3 58
69 March 11 Dallas Stars 2–0 Columbus Blue Jackets 24–35–7–3 58
70 March 13 Colorado Avalanche 5–1 Columbus Blue Jackets 24–36–7–3 58
71 March 15 Minnesota Wild 0–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 25–36–7–3 60
72 March 17 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–3 Atlanta Thrashers 25–37–7–3 60
73 March 20 Toronto Maple Leafs 3–4 Columbus Blue Jackets 26–37–7–3 62
74 March 22 Atlanta Thrashers 3–2 Columbus Blue Jackets 26–38–7–3 62
75 March 24 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–5 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim 26–39–7–3 62
76 March 25 Columbus Blue Jackets 2–1 Los Angeles Kings 27–39–7–3 64
77 March 28 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–4 Edmonton Oilers 27–40–7–3 64
78 March 29 Columbus Blue Jackets 6–4 Calgary Flames 28–40–7–3 66
79 April 1 Columbus Blue Jackets 0–4 Philadelphia Flyers 28–41–7–3 66
80 April 2 Minnesota Wild 0–3 Columbus Blue Jackets 29–41–7–3 68
81 April 4 Detroit Red Wings 5–5 Columbus Blue Jackets 29–41–8–3 69
82 April 6 Columbus Blue Jackets 3–4 Minnesota Wild 29–42–8–3 69
  • Green background indicates a win.
  • Red background indicates a regulation loss.
  • Yellow background indicates an overtime loss.
  • White background indicates a tie.

Player statistics[edit]

Regular season[edit]

Scoring
Player Pos GP G A Pts PIM +/- PPG SHG GWG
Whitney, RayRay Whitney LW 81 24 52 76 22 -26 8 2 2
Cassels, AndrewAndrew Cassels C 79 20 48 68 30 -4 9 1 5
Sanderson, GeoffGeoff Sanderson LW 82 34 33 67 34 -4 15 2 2
Vyborny, DavidDavid Vyborny RW 79 20 26 46 16 12 4 1 4
Spacek, JaroslavJaroslav Spacek D 81 9 36 45 70 -23 5 0 1
Sillinger, MikeMike Sillinger C 75 18 25 43 52 -21 9 3 3
Nash, RickRick Nash LW 74 17 22 39 78 -27 6 0 2
Wright, TylerTyler Wright C 70 19 11 30 113 -25 3 2 3
Marshall, GrantGrant Marshall RW 66 8 20 28 71 -8 3 0 2
Pirjeta, LasseLasse Pirjeta C 51 11 10 21 12 -4 2 0 2
Walser, DerrickDerrick Walser D 53 4 13 17 34 -9 3 0 2
Klesla, RostislavRostislav Klesla D 72 2 14 16 71 -22 0 0 0
Pronger, SeanSean Pronger C 78 7 6 13 72 -26 1 0 0
Richardson, LukeLuke Richardson D 82 0 13 13 73 -16 0 0 0
Knutsen, EspenEspen Knutsen C 31 5 4 9 20 -15 3 0 1
Davidson, MattMatt Davidson RW 34 4 5 9 18 -12 0 0 0
Hyvonen, HannesHannes Hyvonen RW 36 4 5 9 22 -11 0 0 0
Westcott, DuvieDuvie Westcott D 39 0 7 7 77 -3 0 0 0
Ling, DavidDavid Ling RW 35 3 2 5 86 -6 0 0 0
Shelley, JodyJody Shelley LW 68 1 4 5 249 -5 0 0 0
Kallio, TomiTomi Kallio LW 12 1 2 3 8 -7 0 0 0
Van Impe, DarrenDarren Van Impe D 14 1 1 2 10 -6 0 1 0
Grand-Pierre, Jean-LucJean-Luc Grand-Pierre D 41 1 0 1 64 -6 0 0 0
Allison, JamieJamie Allison D 48 0 1 1 99 -15 0 0 0
Lachance, ScottScott Lachance D 61 0 1 1 46 -20 0 0 0
Nedorost, AndrejAndrej Nedorost LW 12 0 1 1 4 -6 0 0 0
Bellefeuille, BlakeBlake Bellefeuille C 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Darche, MathieuMathieu Darche LW 1 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Denis, MarcMarc Denis G 77 0 0 0 6 0 0 0 0
Dineen, KevinKevin Dineen RW 4 0 0 0 12 0 0 0 0
Labbe, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Labbe G 11 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
Manning, PaulPaul Manning D 8 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
McDonell, KentKent McDonell RW 3 0 0 0 0 -1 0 0 0
Scoville, DarrelDarrel Scoville D 2 0 0 0 4 0 0 0 0
Goaltending
Player MIN GP W L T/OT GA GAA SO SA SV SV%
Denis, MarcMarc Denis 4511 77 27 41 8 232 3.09 5 2404 2172 .903
Labbe, Jean-FrancoisJean-Francois Labbe 451 11 2 4 0 27 3.59 0 233 206 .884
Team: 4962 82 29 45 8 259 3.13 5 2637 2378 .902

Draft picks[edit]

Columbus' draft picks at the 2002 NHL Entry Draft:

Round # Player Nationality College/junior/club team (league)
1 1 Rick Nash  Canada London Knights (OHL)
2 41 Joakim Lindstrom  Sweden Modo (Sweden)
3 65 Ole-Kristian Tollefsen  Norway Piestany (Norway)
3 96 Jeff Genovy  United States Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL)
4 98 Ivan Tkachenko  Russia Locomotiv Yaroslavl (Russia)
4 119 Jekabs Redlihs  Latvia New York Applecore (EJHL)
5 133 Lasse Pirjeta  Finland Kärpät (Finland)
6 168 Tim Konsorada  Canada Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)
6 184 Jaroslav Balastik  Czech Republic Zlin ZPS (Czech.)
7 199 Greg Mauldin  United States University of Massachusetts Amherst (NCAA)
7 225 Steven Goertzen  Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
8 231 Jaroslav Kracik  Czech Republic HC Plzen (Czech.)
9 263 Sergei Mozyakin  Russia HC CSKA (Russia)
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References[edit]

  1. ^ Dinger, Ralph, ed. (2009). The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2010. Dan Diamond & Associates. p. 162.